"William, It Was Really Nothing"|
These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the "Hatful Of Hollow" album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
The rain falls hard on a humdrum town1 When Morrissey included this song in his live solo sets at the end of 2006 and in early 2007 he usually sang "I'm here trying to live me" or "I'm here, I'm trying to live me".
"I haven't managed to work out his exact angle on that one yet. Usually his lyrics are very much black and white to me, but this one is taking a little bit longer. 'William' is quite a whimsical song really. I don't think it's broken all the rules in pop music, but to start a song with a short verse and then follow it with three choruses is quite good."
"What 'William, It Was Really Nothing' is about is... it occurred to me that within popular music if ever there were any records that discussed marriage they were always from the female's standpoint - female singers singing to women: whenever there were any songs saying 'do not marry, stay single, self-preservation, etc'. I thought it was about time there was a male voice speaking directly to another male saying that marriage was a waste of time... that, in fact, it was 'absolutely nothing'."